Vermont Tech GEs by GradeLevel Grades 6-8

4. Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving, & Decision-Making

Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.

D use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.

Students select appropriate digital tools and resources to explore problems by collecting information from local and global communities with diverse perspectives,

summarizing the results, and identifying and comparing possible solutions that could satisfy

Examples:

1. Students meet with the cafeteria manager to find out how much food the school consumes and where it comes from. They email local farms, grocery stores, trucking

companies, restaurants, etc. to collect information about how much local food is available

2. Students decide whether to use email, an online discussion forum, or an online survey to collect information about whether students should be allowed to participate in

sports if they have an F or D in a course. They collect data from students, teachers

Examples of digital toolsabove may include: spreadsheets such as Excel or Google Spreadsheet, online discussion forums such asMoodle or Facebook, online survey tools

such as Google Forms or SurveyMonkey, video editing tools such as Windows Movie Maker
Links to Scenarios:

Cell Phones + Driving = Accidents? 

Partnership for 21st Century Skills Standards:
2-b-iii. LEARNING AND INNOVATION SKILLS CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING

Make Judgments and Decisions Effectively analyze and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs Analyze and evaluate major alternative points of

view Synthesize and make connections between information and arguments Interpret information and draw conclusions

based on the best analysis Reflect critically on learning experiences and processes
2-b-iv.

Solve Problems Solve different kinds of non-familiar problems in both conventional and innovative ways Identify and ask significant

questions that clarify various points of view and lead to better solutions
3-a-i. INFORMATION, MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY SKILLS INFORMATION LITERACY


Access and Evaluate Information Access information efficiently (time) and effectively (sources) Evaluate information critically and competently
3-a-ii.

Use and Manage Information Use information accurately and creatively for the issue or problem at hand Manage the flow of information from a wide variety

of sources Apply a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information
4-b-i. LIFE AND CAREER SKILLS INITIATIVE AND SELF-DIRECTION

Manage Goals and Time Set goals with tangible and intangible success criteria Balance tactical (short-term) and strategic (long-term) goals Utilize

time and manage workload efficiently
4-d-i. PRODUCTIVITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Manage Projects Set and meet goals, even in the face of obstacles and competing pressures Prioritize, plan and manage work to achieve the

intended result
4-d-ii.

Produce Results Demonstrate additional attributes associated with producing high quality products including the abilities to: -Work positively

and ethically -Manage time and projects effectively -Multi-task -Participate actively, as well as be reliable and punctual -

Present oneself professionally and with proper etiquette -Collaborate and cooperate effectively with teams -Respect and

appreciate team diversity -Be accountable for results

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